Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia from Be’er Sheva to Eilat was fast, very fast. Over the 229 km stage, the peloton averaged 45 km/h but during short spurts when the tailwind was directly behind the charging peloton that was reeling in the three-man break, speeds ramped up to over 70 km/h.
During the last 20 km of the stage, Michael Woods averaged 65 km/h. Woods posted his ride to Strava where you can see the incredible speeds from the race.
While the wind blew strong making these speeds possible on flat sections of road, Woods top speed was hit on the descent from Mitzpe Ramon where he hit 95 km/h.
Woods also posted his power from the stage allowing us to see what it took to stay in the peloton as it sped to the finish line.
For an astonishingly fast 10 km straight stretch from 16 km to go to 4 km to go, Woods average power was 163 watts but over that distance, his average speed was 70 km/h. His max power was 880 watts during that brief stretch.
Woods peak power also came in the last 10 km when he hit 1307 watts. Elia Viviani won his second straight stage ahead of Sacha Modolo and Sam Bennett.